Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


My thoughts:
This is going to be very brief and very vague, as I can't say too much or I will give away the story and I hate writing spoiler-y reviews, even with spoiler alerts. Let me just say two things first. One-in my opinion, all the hype was spot on, and two-I was blown away by this book. I have never read anything quite like it and I don't think I've ever hated a character as much (not saying which one). Flynn did an excellent job of taking us one way and then totally flip flopping us in another direction, only to flip flop us again. Whoa! I've heard complaints about the end, but really, I feel that it ended just as it should. I was not disappointed at all by the end.

This is my first book written by Flynn and now I really want to read her other books so I'll be watching for them at library sales. So listen...if you haven't read this one, you really should!

About the book:
Marriage can be a real killer.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

*From my own shelves

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9 comments:

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  1. Everyone says the same about this book and I've felt this way about Gillian Flynn's previous books, but I couldn't get into this one. The beginning was too slow and I lost interest. Maybe later, I'll pick it up again. (I was listening on audio.)

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  2. A thrill and a rave--I'm in.

    Anna @ http://emaginette.wordpress.com

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  3. I really need to get my act together and read this already! I don't think I've read a bad review yet.

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  4. As you allude to I have heard such great things about this book. Good to know that it is not all hype.

    By the way your commentary is tantalizing yet you do not seem to give much away!

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  5. I was definitely conflicted about the end...but Whoa did this one make you think!!

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  6. I've heard so many good things about this book, so I might just go out and buy a copy to read! It sounds very intriguing! :)

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  7. I didn't hate the end, it just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The book is dark. I read her first one, Sharp Objects and thought it was dark, withouth te bad aftertaste :)

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  8. I started hearing about this book and it didn't really sound like
    something I'd be interested in reading. The more and more I hear about
    it, however, and, um, well it's at the top of my to-read list. Hooray
    for other book bloggers to get you out of your comfort zone.

    Maycee (Fishing Lodge Alaska)

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  9. Read it!! I've read this author's prior two novels and they were good. This is fantastic! Start with this one if you are new to Ms. Flynn.

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